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Mitsumi CR-4805TE

Specification of the Mitsumi CR-4805TE:
Firmware version 1.2A
Recording modes Disc-At-Once, Track-At-Once, Session-At-Once, MultiSession, Packet Writing
Recording formats CD-DA, CD-ROM, CD-ROM XA, Photo CD, CD-I, CD-Text, CD+G, CD-Extra, Video CD
Read/write support in Raw-mode RAW-DAO - supported
RAW-DAO Write Simulation - supported
CD+G RAW-DAO - supported
RAW-SAO - supported
RAW-SAO Write Simulation - supported
Average access time 110 ms
CD-R recording 1x, 2x, 4x, 8X
CD-RW recording 2X, 4x
Reading 32x max (4800 KBytes/s)
Buffer size 2048 KBytes
Production date November 2000
Manufacturer Philippines
Price as tested $92

The drive ships in an OEM package.

In the course of testing we found out one bug: the recorder gave out the ATIP not always correctly. For example, it recognized a normal CD-R Mirex CR-4805TE as a 263-MB one. The Plextor 124Si, which was installed in the same computer together with the Mitsumi, gave out correct data all the time.

The recorder is very light as compared, for example, with Plextor 124Tsi, TDK CyClone 16/10/40 or TEAC W54.

The model works relatively quiet, although you may feel some discomfort in case of intensive utilization of the drive for reading operations. The drive doesn't heat strong. Badly balanced discs can patter from time to time. Nevertheless, the recorder hasn't damaged any discs during the tests.

In appearance the 4805 model doesn't differ much from the previous 4804, except a gray color of a tray open button. In all other respects nothing has changed: a headphones jack, a mechanical volume control, a tray open button and a 3-color indicator of the drive's operation. The disc can be now installed in a vertical position, unlike its predecessor.

On the rear panel you can find a digital output.

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